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Legacy is an iconic and uniquely Australian charity founded in 1923, dedicated to supporting the families of our veterans. We ensure that no spouse or child of a veteran suffers financially and socially after the death or serious injury of their loved one.

Thousands of spouses and children of ADF members are deeply affected by the death or serious injury of their loved one. Legacy currently cares for:

  • 52,000 widows/widowers
  • 1,845 children and dependents with a disability
  • The average age of the widows is now over 80 years

Legacy provides caring and compassionate support for the families of ADF men and women who have lost their life or health.

Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical assistance aimed protecting individuals and families’ basic needs, advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits, assisting families through bereavement and helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.

We provide practical assistance for older widows through pension advocacy, counselling, special housing, medical and social support.

There are over 4,000 volunteers around Australia who act as mentors to the widows and their families, and who ensure Legacy’s promise to care for the families of deceased veterans is kept.

Volunteers who work directly with Legacy families are called Legatees and they, in part, provide support and friendship to those who have been the most affected by military service.

Legatees are strongly committed to the work of Legacy. They embody the ethos of “keeping the promise” and they wear the Legacy torch symbol upon a pin with pride.

Legatees are the backbone of Legacy and, supported by paid staff and other volunteers, continue to deliver on Legacy’s promise.